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Times of India
The film is a shoddy attempt to bring controversial bar dancer Tarannum Khan's story to the big screen. It traces the rise and fall of Alia aka Tarannum (played by Ashima Sharma), starting with her arrest in a betting racket. She pleads innocent. We are then shown how circumstances get her tangled in the mess she finds herself in eventually.
What do you make of a film which boasts of a song like, "Come I'll kiss you, awesome mera chumma'? If that's not off-putting enough, it features Rakhi Sawant, who scares the hell out of you with her Chucky (that scary doll from Child's Play) looks. Hold your breath. Turns out, Rakhi is not the only ghastly aspect of this inconsequential film. You also have this potbellied 'Dubai ka don', whose entry is accompanied with his name reverberating in the background... badshah, badshah, badshah. He is supposed to be dangerous and so he dresses up like Mithun Chakraborty of Disco Dancer (gold pants et al).
Coming to Alia (Tarannum), her alleged crime-story gets side-tracked throughout. You end up seeing her affair with this random gangster Sameer (Prashant Narayanan) instead. A million songs and Shakti Kapoor's bizarre cameo later, the film still heads nowhere.
Mumbai Can Dance Saalaa desperately works towards portraying Tarannum as a harmless victim. Never mind the intent, the execution is so unbearably silly that you don't give a damn about Tarannum or her sob story. The film is so excruciatingly boring that it might change the opinion of those who were against the shutting down of dance bars.
Bar dancer Tarannum Khan financed C-grade movies at her prime, only to have an F-grade film "loosely based" on her made a decade later.
Don't correct me if I'm wrong, because I'm certain that she didn't already live in a large haveli in Mumbai, when her father tells her he can't pay her college fees (10k). He dies in generic riots, and a mandatory Maula song begins while: Mother becomes maid, poverty porn, local trains, sweat, Jogeshwari station shots, job interviews, sleazy bosses, Haji Ali shots, repeat. To be fair, actress Ashima Sharma does resemble Tarannum a bit. If only this film resembled a film too.
I was under the impression Mumbai Can Dance Saala was about a dance competition. I was reasonably sure Shakti Kapoor and Aditya Pancholi would play rival coaches, with Prashant Narayanan as an outcast maverick dancer. As it turns out, Kapoor, in an attempt to look less lecherous, plays a gay designer. He stitches bargirl dresses only, a low-budget Stanley Tucci from The Devil Wears Prada. He bellows for a waiter in a British accent, apparently a sure sign of homosexuality. His shirts are tight and his surprisingly pale belly fat proudly pops out. An effeminate "Hello" thunders on screen, before he spouts gems like, "Yeh hai Anna, sab ko khilata hai Ganna!"
But neither he nor Bappi da as music director is the highlight of this...thing. Neither is the Dubai don called 'Badshah', who has an item song called Badshah, and strolls to 'Badshah' background chants.
None of them come close to Julie, a veteran bargirl and selfappointed idol to the young'uns. "You jhoppadpatti!" she yells, in a heated exchange with her lover in Dubai. When she isn't breathing heavily on his face, she calls him a street dog. I've adopted one recently, and he is trying to bite me as I write about her. Julie's screen presence is accompanied by cries of a wildcat in heat. Rakhi Sawant, who now resembles Chucky from Child's Play, is Julie. Thankfully, her voice is dubbed.
The second half ran with an audio lag of 5 seconds. Suddenly, dogs began talking in Prashant's voice, Rakhi began to purr ferociously, and Shakti spoke in moans. This, without doubt, became the greatest auteur work since Godard's defiant Goodbye To Language 3D. If only it was intentional.
On a serious note, if this is a sign of things to come in 2015, I might consider alternate career options.
Mika Singh and Rakhi Sawant, who were not on talking terms, called it truce and Mika attended this film's trailer launch.
Alka Yagnik's niece Garima makes her singing debut with Mumbai Can Dance Saalaa.
Apparently, Rakhi Sawant refused to do any lovemaking scenes in the film.
Loosely based on controversial bar dancer Tarannum Khan's life, the film begins with the cops arresting Alia (Tarannum) in a betting racket. The bar dancer claims she is naive but cops think otherwise and so the trail begins. That is when Alia opens up on her past. Her family, how her father was killed during riots and how circumstances force her to get into this profession.
Alia is then mentored by senior bar dancer Julie (Rakhi Sawant) who warns her to stay away from Sameer (Prashant Narayanan), a small-time gangster. Alia doesn't pay heed to her and falls in love with Sameer. Sameer sees Alia's potential and introduces her to rich clients, who are willing to spend over 90 Lakhs on her. Cops arrest Alia and end up killing Sameer, when the two run away during one of the police encounters.
Sachindra Sharma's film Mumbai Can Dance Saala fell flat at the box office.
According to a report on Boxofficeindia.com, Mumbai Can Dance Saala made a total of Rs 14.03 lakh in three weeks.